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Review of “How to learn any language” by Barry Farber

The last week or two, I’ve spent my morning bus rides on reading “How to learn any language” by Barry Farber, a book, originally published in 1991 which has become quite a classic recommended to people wanting to take up a new language. Why Barry Farber learns languages Farber dedicates the first part of the…… Continue reading Review of “How to learn any language” by Barry Farber

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Nedjma, A literary classic by Algerian author Kateb Yacine to be translated to Algerian Arabic

I’ve been on the lookout for some good written material that I can use to learn Algerian Arabic (or Derdja) for quite some time now. When studying languages, I mostly do so through reading, so when deciding to learn a mostly oral language, it all gets a little more complicated. While I’m mostly focusing on…… Continue reading Nedjma, A literary classic by Algerian author Kateb Yacine to be translated to Algerian Arabic

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Book review of “Polyglot: How I learn languages” by Kató Lomb

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks reading this book while riding the bus, and I’d like to share my opinion of it with you. The book was originally written in 1970, by the Hungarian polyglot Kató Lomb, but the author has edited it several times up until 1995, making it more up to date…… Continue reading Book review of “Polyglot: How I learn languages” by Kató Lomb

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Attack from multiple fronts to learn languages

One of the biggest mistakes that I’ve made in studying languages, is to focus too much on just one study method. It’s tempting to put all your efforts into one activity, especially when your “new approach” seems to be working! So why then, does it seem to be working well in the beginning, and not…… Continue reading Attack from multiple fronts to learn languages

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Assimil Arabic with ease

Assimil – A review my favorite language course Assimil is the name of a French company that has published languages courses since 1929 – It all started with a course for French speakers who wanted to learn English. Created by  Alphonse Chérel, the original series consisted of a book with bilingual dialogues that gradually got…… Continue reading Assimil Arabic with ease

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5 reading strategies in language learning

Reading is, in my opinion, the most important activity in language learning. But when you decide to sit down and read for the purpose of language acquisition, how should you go about it? It seems easier said than done to just read a book in a foreign language, and although must people would agree, that…… Continue reading 5 reading strategies in language learning

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Great (and easy) books to read in translation

I’ve found that reading for pleasure is one of the most effective tools in language learning. When you read, your vocabulary grows and your understanding of grammar and syntax gets better without much of a conscious effort. Reading is not a quick fix for becoming fluent fast – it takes a lot of time, and…… Continue reading Great (and easy) books to read in translation